Physics Majors, Three of Them Women, Land Internships at National Labs

Four physics majors have been selected for prestigious internships at national laboratories, making it the department's largest number of students to earn such spots.

The students are:

  • Morgen Benninghoff, 19, from Latrobe, Pa. She is a candidate of Duquesne's 3-2 binary engineering program.
  • Madeline Galbraith, 20, of Defiance, Ohio. She is a candidate of Duquesne's Bachelor of Science program.
  • Justin Goodwill, 22, from Bridgeville, Pa. He is a candidate of Duquesne's 3-2 binary engineering program.
  • Victoria Leonard, 20, from Jefferson Hills, Pa. She is a candidate of Duquesne's 3-2 binary engineering program.

Benninghoff, Leonard and Goodwill will be interning at Jefferson Lab in Newport News, Va., while Galbraith will intern at Argonne Lab in Argonne, Ill.

Duquesne University students interning at national labs get to see firsthand how cutting-edge science is conducted by interdisciplinary teams of scientists and engineers, said Duquesne Physics Chair Dr. Simonetta Frittelli.

"This experience can literally change their personal view of how they fit in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) landscape. National lab internships are funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and are extremely competitive," Frittelli said.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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